Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Paul Keres vs Efim Geller
Keres - Geller 2nd place Candidates Playoff (1962), Moscow URS, rd 6, Aug-21
Benoni Defense: Czech Benoni Defense (A56)  ·  0-1


explore this opening
find similar games 36 more Keres/Geller games
sac: 20...Qe8 PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: All games have a Kibitzer's Corner provided for community discussion. If you have a question or comment about this game, register a free account so you can post there.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Apr-01-04  ughaibu: This is a most bizarre game. Keres plays an early Bh3 to exchange his bad bishop, Geller prevents the exchange with the result that the bishop on h3 becomes rather good while black's pieces remain tied up. To deal with this Geller offers a rook for the bishop, with no obvious independent significance he simply states "you can keep that bishop or swap it for this rook, up to you". Keres accepts the offer but then Geller opens up the queenside at the cost of a further pawn, albeit doubled and isolated, then after a little rearrangement Geller attacks and destroys white's centre which is now suffering from lack of support from the "bad" bishop". White appears to be in trouble with various pieces hanging and black's pieces coming to life when Keres suddenly sacrifices a knight and rook to break through the kingside.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: So, did Keres loose this game or is just a typo??
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: There are two copies in the database with the same result. After 41....Qd7 I cant see anything for white. I imagine Ng5 was the sealed move and Keres resigned during the adjournment.
Premium Chessgames Member
  crafty: 41. ... ♕xb2 42. ♕h7+ ♔f8 43. ♕f5+ ♗f6 44. ♘h7+ ♔g7   (eval -8.46; depth 11 ply; 750M nodes)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks: Which side do the machines prefer after black's 37th?
Apr-02-04  Lawrence: <ugi>, after 38.Qxb5 the eval would be -0.55. The 38.Nf6+ that Keres played gets a -5.71. (Junior 8)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks. I'd give black a bigger advantage personally but it's interesting that Junior agrees on the direction of advantage. It's a very interesting game as Keres seems to play all the right moves but gets the wrong result. My initial feeling was that white would have been ahead had he chosen 26.e5 but it's not very convincing.
Apr-02-04  Lawrence: <ughaibu>, 26.e5 was (would have been) the best move, eval +3.44, but even 26.Nd1 shows an eval of +2.56. Keres started losing steam on move 30, should have played 30.b4, and move by move his position just got worse and worse until by move 35 he had lost all his advantage. Move 38 lost the game. (Junior 8)
Apr-02-04  ughaibu: Thanks. This is one of those (not so rare) occassions on which I dont trust the computers to understand and accurately evaluate the position. From move 26 I (retrospectively) prefer black, when I first looked at the game I thought white was doing fine and only lost through the mis-combination but after looking at it further I think 26....b5 gave black the better chances, so to speak, meaning more a matter of ease of play than any objective theoretical advantage, then 34....f5 gives black a position that I now definitely prefer. Thank Junior for devoting it's time to this and I hope it enjoyed the exercise.
May-08-18  edubueno: Es difícil saber qué pasó. Es coherente pensar cómo podrían haber ganado las blancas después de la jugada 21, cuando claramente tienen muchas ventajas.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
Game six
from 1962 Candidates play-off match: Geller-Keres by capybara
Geller beats Keres!
from Benoni Volume I:Modern Benoni by Nikita Smirnov
by whiteshark
Round 6: Aug 21
from Keres-Geller Candidates Playoff Match by WCC Editing Project
Match Keres!
by amadeus
5. g3 g6 6. Bh3 Nbd7 7. Nf3 a6 8. O-O Bg7 9. e4 O-O 10. Re1
from 98_A56_Hromadka System by whiteshark
Geller beats the world champions and pretenders
by ughaibu

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC